GeForce2 MX 400 and GeForce2 MX comparison
We can say with sufficient degree of certainty that the performance of a card on a GeForce2 MX 400 equipped with the slowest memory at a frequency of 166 MHz (i.e. the same as a GeForce2 MX) will be approximately the same as that on a board on the old GeForce2 MX . A higher core frequency can provide a small increase in performance only at low resolutions and with 16-bit color depth.
At high resolutions, the speed of the card is largely determined by the memory performance, therefore the GeForce2 MX 400, equipped with fast 200 MHz memory, at 1024×768 at 32-bit color depth should be 15 … 20% more productive than the same card with 166 megahertz memory.
That’s why when choosing a card on the GeForce2 MX 400, you need to pay attention to the clock speed of the memory!
GeForce2 MX 400 and GeForce2 GTS comparison
Cards based on the GeForce2 GTS are a perfectly balanced product and are equipped with fast 128-bit DDR memory. Only at low resolutions and 16-bit color will the GeForce2 MX 400 be able to show performance close to the GeForce2 GTS. However, with resolutions higher than 1024×768 and with 32-bit color, the advantage of GeForce2 GTS should reach 40 … 60%.
GeForce2 MX 400 and ATI Radeon Comparison
ATI launches ATI Radeon chips competing with the GeForce2 MX 400. Attention should be paid to the following video cards based on ATI chips located in the price range closest to the GeForce2 MX 400.
We can assume that in the 16-bit color, the GeForce2 MX 400 will successfully compete with its rivals. The most interesting situation is in 32-bit mode, where the optimized architecture of the Radeon chips and their less strong dependence on the memory speed can allow ATI to come forward. How far – testing will show.
GeForce2 MX 200
According to the specification, video cards based on the GeForce2 MX 200 use a 64-bit memory bus, unlike the 128-bit one on the GeForce2 MX and GeForce2 MX 400. Compare the characteristics of the GeForce2 MX 200 with the classic GeForce2 MX, Riva TNT2 Pro and Riva TNT2 M64.
Naturally, the performance of the GeForce2 MX 200 should be two times lower than the performance of its “elder brother” GeForce2 MX 400, due to the doubled width of the memory bus.
An analysis of the characteristics shows that Nvidia is positioning the GeForce2 MX 200 as a successor to the outgoing Riva TNT2 Pro and Riva TNT2 M64. Despite the fact that the GeForce2 MX 200, unlike the Riva TNT2 Pro, has half the width of the memory bus, its performance should not be lower. The GeForce2 MX 200 has the advantage of two texture units on each conveyor. Therefore, the core speed of the GeForce2 MX 200 in multiplexing mode will be twice as high, which compensates for the performance loss caused by the “truncation” of the memory bus. Moreover, the clock speed of the core and memory of the GeForce2 MX 200 is still higher. However, ultimately it all depends on the applications in which the GeForce2 MX 200 and Riva TNT2 Pro will work.
There is no doubt that the GeForce2 MX 200 will leave far behind the Riva TNT2 M64 already leaving the market.
Beware of fakes!
Despite the significant difference in performance, the appearance of video cards based on the GeForce2 MX 200 and GeForce2 MX 400 chips is almost the same.
This can undoubtedly prompt dishonest sellers to sell the GeForce2 MX 200 as the GeForce2 MX 400.
You can determine the fake by the types of memory chips installed on the board. Typically, there are four chips installed on a 32 megabyte board. For the GeForce2 MX 200, 4Mx16 chips in the 54-pin version are used, and for the GeForce2 MX 400, 2Mx32 chips in the 86-pin version are used.
Be careful when buying!
The classic GeForce2 MX was replaced by the more powerful GeForce2 MX 400 at almost the same price, since Nvidia did not release a new chip, but simply worked out the production technology well, “forcing” GeForce2